For Immediate Release
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The 8,300 square foot facility is a child friendly complex that expands services for our County’s youngest victims and it didn’t cost taxpayers a dime. The CAC was paid for through forfeiture funds and other contributions.
The mission of the CAC is to ensure the health and safety of a child through a neutral, child-centered environment. The new center is designed to minimize trauma and provide advocacy for the child and non-offending caregivers and support effective investigations.
Washoe County District Attorney Dick Gammick said the new CAC was long overdue, “Almost 20 years ago, the dream of having a Washoe County Child Advocacy Center was created after visits to several facilities throughout the United States. Thanks to the efforts and generosity of many people that dream has finally become a reality. Numerous law enforcement and medical agencies have joined together in one location to ensure victims of abuse, mainly children, are treated with the compassion they deserve, while at the same time, we are able to collect the evidence to hold the perpetrator responsible for the misconduct. Everyone who has been involved in creating this safe haven has every right to be proud. I am extremely thankful this came to fruition prior to my retirement from the District Attorney’s Office.”
The multi-disciplinary team (MDT) approach and launch of a Child Advocacy Center CAC in Washoe County will improve services. The program will improve and expand services into one location, greatly benefiting families. Under the old practice, a child was asked to tell his or her story over and over, often re-victimizing that child. Interviews were held in uncomfortable settings and a child had to tell the story to numerous people, numerous times; including a social worker, a police officer, a detective, a doctor/nurse, a counselor and an attorney/prosecutor. This improved model allows one interview which will be taped and witnessed live by the MDT. The team can monitor the interview out of sight of the child and can communicate with the forensic interviewer live. After the interview, the family will be provided with resources to address their needs, all of which can be addressed on-site at the CAC. If the child needs a sexual or physical assault exam, this can be done on-site.
What: Grand opening of Washoe County Child Advocacy Center
Where: 2097 Longley Lane, Reno
When: Friday, June 13, at 3:30 p.m.
The first CAC was established in 1985 by the District Attorney, now Congressman Bud Cramer of Huntsville, Alabama. Since 1985, more than 800 CAC’s have been created nationwide. Washoe County now has a Child Advocacy Center of its own.
The site includes the Children’s Cabinet and Kids’ Kottage.
We have support for the Center from the following multi-disciplinary agencies:
- Washoe County District Attorney
- Washoe County Department of Social Services
- Washoe County Sheriff’s Office
- Reno Police Department
- Sparks Police Department
- Nevada Attorney General
- CARES/SART Program(Child Abuse Response & Evaluations, Sexual Assault Response Team) **
** A collaborative effort of Washoe County DA, Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, Washoe County School District Police, Washoe County Department of Social Services, Washoe County Health District., UNR, Reno Police Dept., Sparks Police, Reno Police, Northern Nevada Medical Center, medical staff and the Crisis Call Center.
For more information, contact Nicole Hicks at (775) 328-3223, firstname.lastname@example.org or Julie Skow at (775) 328-3522, email@example.com